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Supreme Court Ruling Addresses Three-judge Court in Non-prison Case

In a case involving the constitutionality of congressional apportionment, which requires a three-judge court, a district judge may not dismiss on the ground of failure to state a claim without convening a three-judge court. If the nature of the case merits a three-judge court, one must be convened unless the federal claim is so insubstantial as not to confer federal court jurisdiction.

The PLRA provision requiring a three-judge court to enter a prisoner release order refers to the same statute at issue here, 28 U.S.C. § 2284, so the same result would presumably apply in a prisoner release order case.See: Shapiro v. McManus, 136 S.Ct. 450 (2015).

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Shapiro v. McManus